An informal prayer liturgy, designed for Christians and Jews to use together in settings ranging from living rooms to a church or synagogue, has been published by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago.
The prayer book was written by Rabbi Leon Klenicki, director of interfaith affairs of the Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith, and the Rev. Bruce Robbins, general secretary of the United Methodist Commission on Christian Unity.
The read-aloud format includes an opening dialogue, presentations from Jewish and Christian participants, and a concluding joint prayer designed to increase interreligious understanding at the local level, especially in settings in which group prayer would be appropriate.
Robbins and Klenicki said they did not dilute the beliefs of their respective faiths or minimize the differences between Christianity and Judaism.
"The whole purpose is to hear each other as they are and provide a foundation of understanding and conversation," Robbins said.